What To Do When Your Child Says No

Child says no

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Suitable for: Families of primary-age children

It’s hard when your child refuses to do as you’ve asked. You may feel backed into a corner, powerless, and forced to give increasingly severe punishments to get them to do as you’ve said.

Some children outright refuse. Others completely ignore you or pretend they haven’t heard.

It’s tempting to give up and just do it yourself. You might ask yourself if it’s worth making a fuss about, particularly if they’re creating a scene. But allowing your child to ignore or refuse to do as you ask encourages them to keep doing it in the future.

 

So what can you do to tackle this challenging behaviour?

 


 

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